Lamaze, Hypnobirthing, Bradley, what do all these styles of birth have in common?
They all advocate for a particular type of birth.
Lamaze believes that, “birth is normal, natural and healthy, that women have an innate ability to give birth and that women have the right to give birth free from routine medical interventions.” Hypnobirthing focuses on positive thought patterns, teaches self hypnosis, relaxation and breathing, while Bradley boldly proclaims that, “natural childbirth is an important goal since most people want to give their babies every possible advantage...The Bradley Method classes teach families how to have natural births.”
That’s all well and good if you have a clear idea of what you want for your birth and one of these styles lines up there. However, in the real world, most of us don’t have a crystal clear vision. That’s why you take a class - to learn about your options!
As for birth classes at a hospital, many are geared toward listing their policies and procedures and telling you what interventions you will receive, rather than introducing the wide variety of options available.
That’s where the Birth Beyond Bias difference comes in. At Birth Beyond Bias, we believe that there is no one right way to birth. You certainly shouldn’t be pushed or prodded toward a Lamaze, Bradley or Hypnobirth if it doesn’t line up with you 100%, yet all three have some great techniques behind them.
So in Birth Beyond Bias birth classes, the concepts from many different styles of birth are introduced, discussed and practiced, allowing you to decide what methods and techniques to use or discard.
On the flip side of things, we believe that you should never be pushed toward medicinal pain relief or interventions unless you want or need them. We discuss your options for medicinal pain management along with an open, honest conversation about any potential risks and how to avoid side effects. You are never pushed to receive or not receive pain medications or interventions; you are simply presented with your options, along with the pros and cons of each of those options.
What it comes down to, in the end, is the goal that each particular class lays out. Typical birth education has the goal of preparing you to give birth in a specific, pre-ordained manner, using a clearly defined toolset. Hospital classes have the goal of making you comfortable with that hospital’s policies, procedures, and common interventions. Advanced classes might cover specific topics in more detail, but there is always an agenda, a method you are taught to follow.
Birth Beyond Bias is different. The goal of each class series is to help expecting parents understand that they are in control of the decision-making process, that they have options at every stage, and to provide them with the fundamental understanding of those options needed to ask the right questions and make informed decisions in the moment. That’s a commitment you won’t get anywhere else and that is the Birth Beyond Bias difference.